Creating a hard soap bar

by Angela
(East Texas)

What can I add to create a harder bar other than limiting the amt. of castor oil I use?


Answer:

The hardness of the soap depends on the oils that are used in the recipe.

Hard oils will make a hard bar of soap. Try increasing the amount of hard oils in your recipe. Just be careful to not add too much or the recipe may go to trace too quickly in the pot.

Other options include adding a small amount of melted beeswax or stearic acid to the melted oils.

SoapCalc is a great tool to use for designing soap recipes since it shows the qualities the soap will have in its final state.

Cathy

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Soap calc and hard oils
by: powerof2

Where is "Soap Calc" and how do I know what a "Hard Oil" is?

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Answer:

Visit my page on Lye Calculators for a selection of links including one to SoapCalc.

Hard oils are those that tend to be solid at room temperature. ie. coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, babassu oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, lard, tallow, mango butter...

Cathy

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hard soap bar
by: lajuj

Hi,
I use 100% red palm oil the soap gets hard and dries but when i cut a piece of bar soap it crashes at the edge. I don't know what is missing, can you help me .

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hard soap
by: Anonymous

Steric acid is a mutagen. I would stear away from that and just try using a greater amount of harder oils and a bit of bees wax. That's what I did for my veg oil soaps.

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Stearic acid is not a mutagen
by: Anonymous

You will find that most natural oils contain stearic acid. It's one of the most common fatty acids in nature

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